Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gospel as Center: chapter 3

The title of this chapter is "The Gospel and Scripture" (i.e. how to read the Bible in light of the centrality of the Gospel).

  • The Gospel causes revelation, and revelation causes the Gospel.
    • The Gospel is God's planned purpose (intent) of redemption.
    • Preaching the Bible performs this purpose (Romans 10:12-14).
  • Convictions of our basis for reading:
    • God-breathed - freedom from doubt and instability
    • Understandable - we labor to study it because He reveals it to us.
    • Useful - it works inasmuch as we believe and obey it.
    • Effective - accomplishes every part of life and godliness.
  • We are the ones judged by the Bible - no wiggling out from under this fact!
  • Principles of interpretation:
    • Christ is the subject of all Scripture (therefore Scripture interprets Scripture)
    • The Holy Spirit guides us into understanding it (e.g. the road to Emmaus)
  • Ways to read, shaking the tree of life for fruit*:
    • "Along" - as historical narrative, the gospel storyline
    • "Across" - as theology, Scripture interpreting Scripture.
* The quote I am referencing, from Martin Luther: "First I shake the whole Apple tree, that the ripest might fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf."

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